NEW YORK, Nov. 13 / -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today awarded $150,000 to two New York-area charities to conclude its first annual Batting Challenge between New York Yankees’ All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter and New York Mets’ All-Star third baseman David Wright. Jeter’s charity – the Turn 2 Foundation – will receive $100,000 while Wright’s – the David Wright Foundation – will receive $50,000.
Jeter edged out Wright in Delta’s 2009 challenge, with a .334 batting average versus Wright at .307.
The Turn 2 Foundation creates and supports signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and ‘TURN 2’ healthy lifestyles. The David Wright Foundation provides assistance for the health, emotional and educational development of children in need.
“Delta congratulates both Derek Jeter and David Wright for their superior level of performance and leadership, both on and off the field,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president-New York. “Even though the baseball season is over – and what a season it was! – Derek’s and David’s work in the community continues, and Delta is proud to support the philanthropic organizations they lead.”
Delta in the last year has solidified its commitment to New York baseball as the official airline of both the Yankees and the Mets and their new stadiums in the Bronx and Queens, respectively. At both stadiums, Delta offers exclusive hospitality venues: Delta Sky360 Suite at Yankee Stadium and Delta Sky360 Club at Citi Field. The venues provide premium and season ticket holders with the same first class experience Delta offers customers in flight, including upscale food, beverage and entertainment. Each venue features culinary offerings and superior views of the game from behind home plate.
About the Turn 2 Foundation
Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. These programs all share the same goal of helping today's youth become the leaders of tomorrow. Turn 2 supports young people in New York City, West Michigan and Tampa, Fla.
About The David Wright Foundation
The David Wright Foundation (DWF) was founded in 2005 by David Wright of the New York Mets. The mission of the DWF is to provide aid and assistance toward the health, emotional development, and education for children in need. Through programs and annual events, the DWF strives to enhance the quality of life for children of the New York, Tri-State, and Norfolk, VA metro areas.
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